The historic centre of Jeddah, Al-Balad attracts many tourists every year, eager to experience the sight of old-world architecture dating from the 7th century sitting alongside the leading lights of 21st-century commerce. Populated with historic mosques, modern shopping malls and traditional markets known as souks, there's plenty to explore in Al-Balad.
If you intend to visit the Al-Balad area of Jeddah, then booking a stay at the Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel, Jeddah is a great choice for centrally located accommodation in Jeddah. A stylish and opulent hotel, it can provide you with every service you could possibly need.
Al-Balad is a maze of tight-knit alleyways, piazzas, streets and quadrangles, which all conspire together to provide relief from the heat of the Arabian sun. Shoppers can browse Al-Balad's many souks, including the Al-Saghah (a jewellery souk), the Al-Alaweey, and the Al-Nada Souq, for deals on handmade goods.
For tourists looking for elements of the old world in Al-Balad, the old gate and walls of Jeddah are well worth investigating. In direct contrast with the ancient buildings in Al-Balad, you can also find upscale shopping centres and company headquarters of large Saudi businesses standing alongside them.
Exploring Al-Balad from the Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel, Jeddah
The Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel in Jeddah is a short 15-minute taxi drive from Al-Balad, making it a convenient place to come back to after a long day sightseeing. With stylish and spacious rooms, a superb restaurant and a relaxing health spa, including steam rooms, sauna and Jacuzzi, the Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel is an ideal place unwind.